Dressing box with looking glass

Carved by Samuel McIntire (American, 1757–1811)

Object Place: Boston/Roxbury or Salem, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Eighteenth-Century American Arts No. 136


Overall: 78.1 x 53 x 34.9 cm (30 3/4 x 20 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany with mahogany and satinwood veneers, white pine, gesso and gilt, glass

On View

James and Darcy Marsh Gallery (Gallery 121D)




Case furniture and boxes

This small dressing box descended in the Derby family and is likely one of three listed in the inventory of Oak Hill. The carving of the mirror frame and supports are by Samuel McIntire. The cabinetmaker who crafted the box-with its radiating inlay of alternating dark mahogany and lighter satinwood-is unknown, but this patterned effect and the central, painted-shell inlay relate to Elizabeth Derby’s demilune (half moon) commode, on view in the adjacent gallery.


In graphite on underside of case: two arrows head to head.
In graphite on the bottom of the top drawerL "Top"
In graphite on back of second drawer: "V3"
In chalk on bottom of case: "Lander"


Made for Elizabeth Derby West, Oak Hill, Peabody, Massachusetts. by descent through the Derby, West, Lander, and Codman familes; lent by Miss Martha C. Codman, May 26, 1921; included as part of The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts.

Credit Line

The M. and M. Karolik Collection of Eighteenth-Century American Arts